As an attorney, getting to know as much as possible about a judge and how she or he matches with the specifics of your case and your client. Typically, in a large law firm, it may be possible to track down an attorney who has been in front of the judge before, but this is largely anecdotal information and may not represent the typical style and focus of a judge during a case.
Additionally, if the anecdotal information is from a different type of case or when the judge was in a different court, it may be unhelpful at best or even misleading in a worst-case scenario.
The other option is to search for a judge online and to review the information found in public information. For example, it is possible to search for Theodore R Howard judge, on any search engine and glean some basic information.
The basics of Theodore R. Howard, judge searches are general information about his life and his history. For example, searchers will find he has been on the bench of the Orange County Superior Court since 2010, and from 1987 to 2010 he was an attorney with the firm of Howard, Strickroth & Parker. It is also easy to find out that Theodore R. Howard, judge, attended St. John’s College for his bachelor’s degree and Loyola Marymount University for his J.D.
He is also considered a nonpartisan judge and won his last election on June 5, 2018, with 78.8% of the votes. The vote before that he ran unopposed and was automatically re-elected.
There is also information on DEPT C18 tentative rulings for the judge, which does provide some insight into his calendar and his rulings. However, scanning through these websites to find the information relative to a specific type of case and a client is time-consuming and challenging, making the need for judicial analytics even more critical for lawyers to consider.
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